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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

also, it depends on location. I live in a small-medium sized city with a University and even companies like Google. However, there is not one fish market here except for the ones in grocery stores. I think the cod pieces may be a step up for some which isn't saying much :P my TJ's is fairly new as well.

1 day ago
trolley in Chains

Where's my change!?!

The change should have been $5.86 not $5

1 day ago
trolley in Not About Food

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

oh I see. I believe I got the fillets not the pieces. yes, unremarkable but definitely edible.

Jul 19, 2014
trolley in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

interesting. got the frozen Alaskan Cod and they were ok. Not bad, but nothing to rave about. i did marinate them in a miso-mirin marinade all day then grilled them. i feel like when i marinade and grill it makes a "meh" protein in "hey, this is ok!".

Jul 16, 2014
trolley in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

they were sampling it today. not bad! it was a good morsel.

Jul 14, 2014
trolley in Chains

WEHT Rameniac?

and this can also be filed under WEHT Exile Kiss? I do wonder about the people who suddenly stop posting. and not a peep from them ever again. I have a few people on my list that just stopped and never heard from again. i post then stop for a while, kind of an ebb and flow.

Jul 08, 2014
trolley in Site Talk

Lasagna for Cow Milk Allergy

i would skip the fake cheese like daiya if he tolerates sheep and goats milk. i've had "cheese" made with cashews but honestly, it just doesn't cut it. it's a different flavor but just not cheese.

make a bolognese sauce as others have suggested and top it off with sheep's milk pecorino.

Jul 08, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

YAY!!! sauerkraut with cucumbers. Just what i was looking for. Naturally fermented and no more spending $8 at Whole Foods on sauerkraut. I wish they started to carry Kombucha. that would really round out their fermented food section.

Meh -Lowfat vanilla ice cream. it's lowfat. what can you do? you have to set the bar pretty low when it comes to these kinds of food but i think they skimped on the vanilla flavor. i've got to try it again.

Jul 07, 2014
trolley in Chains

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

why? bc there's an In-N-Out. That's why.

Jul 07, 2014
trolley in Chains
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Tons of lemons — what to do?

yeah, the things you don't think about until you move to a landlocked state...

Jul 05, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Tons of lemons — what to do?

Sounds arduous but juice the lemons and freeze. you can also grate and peel and save that too. Living in SoCal I didn't realize how much I appreciated lemons from a tree. I now live in Colorado and the lemons here are from the store only. sometimes costing up to 50 cents per lemon for non organic and even more for organic. or if you have the heart you can just send them to me ;)

Jul 04, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Switching from side-by-side to french door fridge... help wanted!

WRF989SDAH00- It's the Whirlpool Ice collection. It's the worst. I love the french doors but other than that don't make the mistake we made. if you google our model # there are so many complaints out there regarding this model.

Jul 02, 2014
trolley in Cookware

Switching from side-by-side to french door fridge... help wanted!

Whatever you do, don't get a Whirlpool with an ice maker. ours is a 29.0 cu ft. whirlpool with a water/ice maker feature on the door. less than a year, the inside is frosting and making a horribly loud noise. These companies make their living off of these warranties. make sure you get a decent one. They generously offered me a warranty that costs $350 a year! at that rate I can buy a new fridge a year! total racket.

Jul 01, 2014
trolley in Cookware

Need best chocolate buttercream recipe

great idea. well, birthday is long over and i went with a fudge frosting on smitten kitchen. it worked well and cake lasted for a day. i do like flour frosting so the addition of the ganache should be interesting. i too find ganache a bit overpowering at times. love the texture but it's intense. sometimes it overpowers the cake. sometimes that's a good thing if you're using a mix but this was a carefully crafted sponge cake from scratch.

Jun 29, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Need best chocolate buttercream recipe

the link doesn't work! :( but I found it on Martha Stewarts site.

Still making a decision....

Jun 24, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Need best chocolate buttercream recipe

I meant to say "i prefer scratch". i have flipped thru RLB's book which I love for some cake recipes. I was hoping no raw egg but the whites are tempered or I recall...

Jun 24, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Need best chocolate buttercream recipe

I need a decent chocolate buttercream/frosting recipe for a yellow cake i'm making for my husbands birthday. he prefers frosting out of a can and a box mix. prefer scratch. we compromised by agreeing to have homemade frosting, especially bc my son also prefers homemade. I like ganache but he finds it too intense. We also find that regular buttercream is gritty and too sugary.

Any ideas?

Jun 24, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Has anyone tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe posted on Serious Eats?

made this recipe again last week. totally forgot the ice cube. turned out fine. it wasn't a make it or break it factor for me and I live in high altitude which usually requires more liquid.

Jun 23, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Westminster, CO options?

just checked out their menu. Hey! not so bad lookin'! Glad you had a great time. And I learned something new...

Jun 22, 2014
trolley in Mountain States

Where's my change!?!

well, i really limited myself from this vendor, especially when the cranky change hoarder woman was working. so i moved out of state last year. my last week before moving, i visited the farmers market and get some salad greens by this vendor. go home to find that the put old slimy greens in the middle of the bag! that was the last time, ever!

Jun 22, 2014
trolley in Not About Food

Boulder Lunch and Dinner (non-fancy) Places?

Jax has a great happy hour. many food items $5-6. In fact, many Boulder restaurants like Kitchen Next Door, Pizzeria Locale, Jax, Salt, all have happy hour menus not just for drinks.

Jun 22, 2014
trolley in Mountain States

Boulder Lunch and Dinner (non-fancy) Places?

I also like strolling thru the farmers market and getting a bite to eat there as well.

Jun 21, 2014
trolley in Mountain States

Boulder Lunch and Dinner (non-fancy) Places?

I also like Fate Brewery (I know lurkerDan and I agree to disagree about this place)
Salt (lunch or dinner), Jax Fish house (dinner). I second The Kitchen Next Door.

Jun 21, 2014
trolley in Mountain States

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

great thread. when we lived in LA and my best mom friend had a husband that worked at Disney we were there all the time with our kiddos. then she moved out of state so we got annual passes and did overnights once in a while. Our favorite places are the Trattoria in CA across from carsland and Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel. For a steakhouse the prices are comparable to a regular steakhouse and the quality is pretty decent. Husband likes the buffet at Storyteller. I'm ok with it. I'm not a big buffet fan and I find the dishes there to be meh. We always missed out on The Napa Rose but next time. And it's probably the only higher up restaurant we'd take our 5 year old out to. People on this board are generally not into the food there and I can see their point. But I refuse to walk all the way to the car, out of the lot then to a restaurant. For me it defeats the purpose of going to DL. And a walk out is always 20+ min out and 20 back to the park. and the OC traffic was so unpredictable that I find leaving not worth it on a busy park day.

Jun 17, 2014
trolley in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Denver restaurants kid friendly with good food

have you taken your trip yet? The restaurants i like with my child- The Kitchen Next Door, Fate Brewing, Jax Fish House, Salt, all in Boulder.

Post Brewing in Lafayette.

Jun 16, 2014
trolley in Mountain States

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

yeah, i did complain a bit about excessive oversharing by some staff a few comments above but this is weird. no talk. NONE. not even a "so, how's your day?". NO comments about the food. Friendly, sort of. I find it very very odd. Please bring back my chatty checkout TJ person! Please! Now!!

Jun 15, 2014
trolley in Chains

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

well, if you don't like the talk come to Boulder, CO. They just started opening up new store in this state and so far the only people who talk are the one's from CA. Seems the newly hired do not talk. IT actually feels a bit weird.

Jun 15, 2014
trolley in Chains

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

For a while he decided to move on to higher priced wines. then his blog sort of stopped all together. I really like his blog. Now i'm on to the http://www.reversewinesnob.com/. he does TJ's Costco etc. lower priced wines which is my ballpark.

Jun 15, 2014
trolley in Wine

A restaurant owner told me that Yelp reviews are the most valuable to him

I never looked at Yelp when I was based in LA. too many cooks in the kitchen and too many opinions. But Yelp is easy. they have restaurants hours and post links to websites so if you're on the road much more user friendly than trying to scroll thru CH or find an online review. Their app helps too (ahem, CH!) It links to maps of the business etc. And for food reviews, even CH has it's off reviews but if you're committed you can find great detailed reviews. I've been on and off of CH since 2005 before it was this format. so getting to know CH is a commitment. Unlike Yelp, it's an easy in and out. Cheap motel style.

So I vowed to never really rely on Yelp. Then one day my family and I decide to make a big move out of CA to Colorado. Have you seen the Mountain States board?? It takes days to get a reply and you're lucky if you get one. Denver is much smaller but it's not a city without food. In fact, if you read CH you'd think Denver has about 10 decent restaurants but it's far from that. There's tons of great food and interesting restaurants. Here I realized people are on Yelp. I've resorted to Yelp unwillingly but it's helped me very much in this new area. But in a city like NYC or LA Yelp is a wasteland. I found my landscape guy and my house painter. I also like that fact it's not limited to food. People ask why not use Angie's List? Well,
much like the BBB business pay to be listed to so it's limited. If a business screws you over you can't post a scathing review on Angie's List unless they pay to advertise.

Jun 13, 2014
trolley in Food Media & News

What is it with Americans and speculoos?

I think Trader Joe's is partly responsible for this madness you write of. TJ's launched the 2 buck chuck craze of really mediocre wine that sells like crazy. I also notice Americans enjoy food items that resembles peanut butter that can be spread on sliced bread. But somehow, sunflower seed butter hasn't caught on perhaps bc it's not sweet like speculoos. anyway, my cookie butter theory.

May 26, 2014
trolley in General Topics